Taste of Technology 2020 Schedule

Taste of Technology 2020 Sessions

With each session below, you'll find a link to the slide deck and to the video recording of the session.

Virtual Campfire: Zoom Features

Slides Recording

Dive into Zoom features like how to use virtual backgrounds, view and adjust meeting settings, Zoom on different devices, and more!

Speaker: Mike Ball

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Best Tack in the Biz: 5 Chrome Add-ons

Slides Recording

Deck out your Google Chrome Browser! Discover the perks of using Yet Another Mail Merge, Workona, Grammarly, Save to Google Keep, and Bitly.

Speaker: Annie Sauer

Annie is a technical trainer with OIT for Google and Microsoft products. She loves a good spreadsheet almost as much as she loves a good dad joke. After all, an aye for an aye makes the whole world pirates.

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Rapid Fire Google Tips & Tricks

Slides Recording

Hold on to your hats! Here come 25 helpful, quick, and amazing Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Apps tips and tricks!

Speaker: Joe Buckhanan

What is it Joe does around here? Well, he is a people person, he talks to people, he helps talk to the partner areas. He'd love for you to ask him about his new "Jump to Conclusions" game.

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Smooth Riding: Ergonomics for Your Workspace

Slides Recording

Spending long hours on the range? Get limber with some stretching routines and learn how to set up your workspace to reduce saddle sores.

Speaker: Gretchen Pfeil

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Gussying Up Your Digital Audio, Photo, and Video Files

Slides Recording

Videos these days are a whole different rodeo. Learn to prepare the audio, photographic and video files going into your video project.

Speaker: Anne Kolaczyk

Anne teaches in OIT's Technical Training Program, specializing in the Adobe Creative Cloud apps, all of which she learned so she could inflict her thousands of pictures and videos of her cats, dogs, grandkids, garden, and vacations in a multitude of ways to the unsuspecting world through the internet.

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(Brain)storm on the Horizon: Using Candor for Team Collaboration

Slides Recording

Produce more ideas, avoid bias, and save time. Explore Candor, a free, web-based idea generation tool and learn how it can work for you.

Speaker: Crystal DeJaegher

Crystal DeJaegher works on the Event Management Program Team focusing on process improvement. In addition to looking for opportunities to make things better, Crystal loves trivia, video games, teaching, and learning.

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Rootin' Tootin' Google Sheets Functions

Slides Recording

Promote your Google Sheets from deputy to sheriff with ArrayFormula, ImportRange, and Query functions. Intermediate skill level recommended.

Speaker: Annie Sauer

Annie is a technical trainer with OIT for Google and Microsoft products. She loves a good spreadsheet almost as much as she loves a good dad joke. After all, an aye for an aye makes the whole world pirates.

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Dusty Trails: 5 Phone Apps to Take Along

Slides Recording

Your mobile phone is more than work and games and social media. Discover 5 apps to make you safer and more organized outside of work.

Speaker: Chas Grundy

Chas Grundy is a service manager, storyteller, and connoisseur of dad jokes. His sessions inevitably feature useful tips, entertaining stories, and groan-inducing puns.

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Prospecting for Files: Data Management Tools

Slides Recording

Tired of old hard drives stacked in your office? Learn how to corral the digital content: find, organize, share and archive all that stuff.

Speaker: Helen Hockx Yu

Helen Hockx-Yu is the Enterprise Data Architect at OIT, where she provides leadership, vision and expertise to ensure lifecycle management of digital asset and appropriate use of data within the enterprise. Previously Helen was Director of Global Web Services at the Internet Archive, Head of Web Archiving at the British Library and Program Manager at the UK Joint Information Systems Committee.

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Make Those Doggies Dance: Creating Animated Gifs

Slides Recording

Annoy your family, friends and co-workers with never-ending animation. Or just add motion to your photos to make them more interesting.

Speaker: Anne Kolaczyk

Anne teaches in OIT's Technical Training Program, specializing in the Adobe Creative Cloud apps, all of which she learned so she could inflict her thousands of pictures and videos of her cats, dogs, grandkids, garden, and vacations in a multitude of ways to the unsuspecting world through the internet.

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Don't Be Buzzard Bait: Social Media Privacy

Slides Recording

Can we trust Social Media with the details of our lives and still protect our privacy? Learn how to post without being Buzzard Bait.

Speaker: Kolin Hodgson

Kolin Hodgson is the Senior Information Security Analyst in the OIT. Most days he has matching socks and an enthusiasm for online privacy. Kolin is originally from New Mexico and makes a mean enchilada. ¡Buen provecho!

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Reining In: How to Break Up with Your Phone

Slides Recording

Phone addiction is real and impacts you and your family’s well-being. Learn new strategies to control your phone, not the other way around!

Speakers: Tracy Weber & Will Bruckert

Tracy Weber is Sr. Director for Collaborative IT Services in the OIT. She has not yet successfully broken up with her phone, and averages 1-2 hours per day on her devices outside of work, including 52 phone pick-ups and 27 notifications daily. Unfortunately she has no way to track the number of times she gently or not-so-gently encourages her 4 boys to get off their phones and video games.

Will Bruckert is an IT Specialist on the College of Arts & Letters IT Services team in the OIT. He averages 79 min of phone time/day with 54 pickups and 21 notifications. His wife, Julia, also works in the OIT and together they try to use their devices as little as possible around their 4 children, ages 5-12, unless they’re taking pictures of their 2 adorable puppies, Carmel & S’More.

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